Category: Order of the Tower and Sword

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The Military Order of the Tower and of the Sword, of Valour, Loyalty and Merit (Portuguese: Ordem Militar da Torre e Espada do Valor, Lealdade e Mérito) is a Portuguese order of knighthood and the pinnacle of the Portuguese honours system. It was created by King Afonso V in 1459 the order is not only bestowed to people, but may be bestowed to Portuguese municipalities ,Portuguese and foreigners military and civilian

The Order of the Tower and Sword, as awarded by the Portuguese government today, comes in six classes:

  • Grand Collar (GColTE), which wears the badge of the Order on a special collar (chain), and the star of the Order in gold on the left chest;
  • Grand Cross (GCTE), which wears the badge of the Order on a collar (chain), or on a sash on the right shoulder, and the star of the Order in gold on the left chest;
  • Grand Officer (GOTE), which wears the badge of the Order on a necklet, and the star of the Order in gold on the left chest;
  • Commander (ComTE), which wears the star of the Order in silver on the left chest;
  • Officer (OTE), which wears the badge of the Order on a ribbon with rosette on the left chest;
  • Knight (CavTE) or Dame (DamTE), which wears the badge of the Order on a plain ribbon on the left chest.

See: Wikipedia:Order_of_the_Tower_and_Sword


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